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Trackside, Issue #012 -- July, 2009
June 26, 2009

Welcome to Trackside, The Newsletter; a monthly piece covering the railroad industry. I had thought long and hard about creating a newsletter to go along with the website since American Rails first began but I could never decide what exactly to include in it. After much consideration, though, I finally decided that perhaps the best approach was to fill the newsletter with, well, news! More specifically, however, current news and events which will be broken down into categories keeping you up-to-date on the latest on-goings around the country.

As some may have noticed Trackside has not been published for a few months now. This is because I thought the original format was becoming rather dull and needed to be revamped. The information presented will still be practically the same but with a little different layout and presentation.

The monthly photo will still be shown each month, one of my personal favorite parts of the newsletter. I hope you have enjoyed it as well. Of note, the photos used each month are the property of individual photographers and as such should not be redistributed or used without their permission. In any event, I hope you like the new layout!

This month's photo comes courtesy of Rob Kitchen and depicts the Chessie Steam Special of the late 1970s. In this view Reading Railroad 4-8-4 Northern steam locomotive #2101 takes a break in July 1977 at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

General Rail News

Raritan Central to establish short line at Arkansas industrial park

Restored railroad line opens

Electrification evaluation expands

AAR backs 'transportation efficiency' bill

USDOT issues 54 more stimulus grants

North Carolina multi-modal industrial park to add rail line

R.J. Corman completes Railpower Corp. acquisition

New Arizona freight line gets green light

Federal grants signal growing shortline importance

St. Paul Union Depot purchase approved

General Mills to build rail-served distribution center in Georgia

Grants aid repair of damaged Iowa railroad bridges

Rereg cloture vote canceled as Senate seeks compromise

Passenger Rail/LRT News

FRA's high-speed rail plan too general, GAO says

Western Pennsylvania needs more passenger-rail service, Shuster says

NJ Transit completes Rutherford Station exterior work, begins interior upgrades

City making progress on railroad tracks deal for V&M Star

Will a Railroad Ever Serve This County?

North Carolina Railroad schedules second-half projects, prepares to analyze commuter-rail a second time

U.S. Senators back restoration of Lackawanna Cut-Off

Proposal eyes Amtrak service to Green Bay

Amtrak to operate new state-supported route in Virginia

Rail Runner hits 2 million passenger mark in New Mexico

An 'ethical' high-speed rail-based intermodal transportation system needed ASAP, ITI's Carmichael says

Railroad History

College digitizes railroad photos, documents

Gene Owens: Wallowing in railroad nostalgia

Golden: Racing for railroads

Scenic Colorado railroad only one to cross pass

Harriman Expedition: Railroad magnate documents Alaska

'Railroads of California' explores lines along the Central Coast

Florence was railroad hub for 66 years

Home of railroad magnate marks 50 years as museum

Oral history project brings railroad's San Bernardino heritage to life

With storied past, railroads move into the future

Learn about Ma & Pa Railroad on Sundays


Selectmen approve modified proposal for Railroad Station repairs

Kaleidoscope: Riding to a railroad museum in Northwest Ohio

Foreclosure catches up with Johnson City's railroad depot

NJ Transit to begin construction work on Chatham station

Railroad depot to receive funds (Milwaukee Road)

Local Railroad Enthusiasts Create A "Rolling Museum"

Counties eyeing old railroad line: Trail may cost $5 million

East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower restoration

There are two railroad stations that are in danger of being destroyed. One, located in Detroit is of Michigan Central heritage and a mulit-story structure. A recent effort to keep the Detroit city council from razing the building has begun and you can sign a petition in their efforts if interested. To view their website please click here.

Another is the Kendrick, Idaho depot a Northern Pacific structure. The local city council is also attempting to raze the building. A preservation group has also been formed to save this building and to help their efforts you can write to the council by visiting the group's website here.

Tourist Railroads/Excursions

History buffs laying tracks for future railroad excursions

New Additions to the Tioga Central Railroad

Scenic railroad ridership down

Monthly Cartoon


As Trackside moves forward I will look to include more topics and information within it. Also, be sure and keep up with the latest site updates on Twitter!

In any event, if you have any opinions, ideas, and/or general comments/suggestions for the newsletter please feel free to pass them my way. As with I am always looking for ways to improve the newsletter to better benefit you, the reader.

Best regards,

Adam Burns

P.S. As always, we are always looking for new members at the forums so if you have any interest in joining in we would be very happy to have you!

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